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Dear Department of Health,

On the 12th August 2017, Jeremy Hunt tweeted that by ending the Royal College of Midwifes campaign for natural births will help government to halve neonatal deaths and injuries.
1) Could you provide me with the evidence that justifies that claim.
2) Could you also provide me with evidence of Mr James Titcombe work in helping reduce neonatal deaths and injuries.

Yours faithfully,

Kerrie Stuart

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Dear Ms Stuart

Please find attached the Department of Health's response to your recent
FOI request (our ref: 1096694 ) 

Yours sincerely,

 Dorothy Crowe 

Freedom of Information team
Department of Health

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Dear Department of Health,

Thank you for your response and apologise for the delay in responding. Your discretionary response is confusing, are you suggesting that Mr Hunt believes that anecdotal information i.e. one person’s personal claim at the Kirkup Inquiry regarding natural birth is the basis for his statement that neonatal deaths across England will reduce by 50% by dropping the natural birth campaign ?
1) If not, then what professionally qualified studies does Mr Hunt base his statement on that specifically state that ‘normal births’ contribute to half of all neonatal deaths.?
2) My second question has also went fully unanswered, could you give me details of the work James Titcombe has carried out that works towards halving neonatal deaths and is this work commissioned by the SOS/DH ? And what qualifications does Mr Titcombe have in a clinical capacity?

Yours faithfully,

K Stuart

Department of Health

Our ref: DE-1105999

 

Dear Ms Stuart,
 
Thank you for your further correspondence of 9 November about evidence to
halve neonatal deaths. I have been asked to reply.

The Freedom of Information Act only applies to recorded information such
as paper or electronic archive material. The Act does not cover unrecorded
information that officials may remember, opinions that officials might
have, or official advice (apart from past advice the Department of Health
has given, where a record of this has been kept). As your correspondence
asked for general information, rather than requesting recorded information
or documentation, it did not fall under the provisions of the Act.

 

The Department cannot specify any particular study that may have informed
the Secretary of State’s opinion.

 

The Department has not commissioned work from James Titcombe. He has been
invited to participate in meetings as a bereaved parent with experience of
NHS services. Involving service users who might hold a wide range of views
in policy development and review is considered best practice in policy
making. 

 

I hope this reply is helpful.

Yours sincerely,
 
Charlene Carter

Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries
Department of Health

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